6 Reasons To Juice

If you aren’t consuming enough vegetables every day and can’t think of another way to get all of those vital nutrients into your diet, then juicing may be for you. Juicing is a powerful and effective way to get an abundance of fruit and vegetables in with only 1 juice per day. In this article I will explain why juicing is beneficial, why some disapprove of it, and how you can make it happen.

My juicing began after watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, a documentary on Joe Cross. Joe was morbidly obese and with an autoimmune disease. Joe significantly reduced the number of medications he was prescribed and reached a healthy weight by consuming only juices. Extreme as this might seem, you do not have to consume only juices to reap the benefits. In fact, you can consume only 1 juice a day or even every other day while still eating a balanced diet.

BENEFITS

  • Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. (Antioxidants play a key role in protecting cells against oxidative damage inside the body who researchers infer promotes healthier looking skin.
  • 1 juice can provide more servings of fruits and vegetables than most people consume in a day.
  • Helps protect against numerous diseases, for example, (cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation).
  • Increased nutrient absorption because the fiber isn’t slowing down the body’s digestion of nutrients.
  • Promotes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables you may not be consuming regularly.
  • Refreshing and tastes great after adjusting to it.

COMMON DISPUTE

In the juicing process, the juice is separated from the pulp. (The pulp is the fiber.) Some suggest the lack of fiber in juices is not healthy. Although, if you are consuming a fairly balanced diet, there is no harm. If you wish, you can easily mix some pulp back into the juice. Higher sugar content is another concern wavered by some. It is possible to overdo the fruit content to avoid extra sugar, add fruit sparingly, for example, one apple to sweeten a green juice. In my experience, I enjoy eating fruit in the raw form, vegetables, on the other hand, I do not. Therefore, vegetables comprise my juices.

4 WAYS TO MAKE IT EASY

  1. The first step for some of you may be purchasing a juicer. I recommend a Breville juicer. (You can click on the link to purchase one.) It does contain several parts that need to be washed each use. (Breville juicer parts are dishwasher safe.)
  2. Juices can be prepared in bulk and stored in the fridge for 24 hours. Any longer and the juice might become weird, for lack of a better term, and certainly not taste the same. They are best when consumed fresh.
  3. Start simple with fruits and vegetables that you like. Many recipes can seem complex. No need to become overwhelmed by juicing. If your taste buds find something too strong, reduce the amount the recipe calls for. I will include a few simple recipes below.
  4. Have fun with it, include family members. Juices are completely safe for children and they may even find the colors fun to drink.  Be sure to rinse your fruits and vegetables prior to ensure food safety.

RECIPES

Green Juice

  • 1 apple of your choice
  • 3 – 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 – 3 stems of kale
  • 1/4 – 1/2 lemon, unless it’s a small organic lemon use more.
  • 1/2 lime
  • Optional – Ginger (1 fingertip-size piece), Mint leaves (as many as you like)
  • Top with ice and/or coconut water and enjoy!

Orange Juice on Steriods

  • 4 – 6 orange carrots
  • 1 – 2 oranges peeled
  • 1/2 – 1 beet. (no leaves or stem)
  • Optional – Ginger (1 fingertip-size piece), Turmeric (1 – 2 pieces)

Both can be modified to your liking, this is just a base that I use. 


Also published on Medium.

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